The Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship

August 13 2020

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship for journalists funded by the Fritt Ord Foundation. This gives an unique opportunity for Norwegian journalists to benefit from a funded fellowship at the University of Oxford, commencing in January 2021. Application deadline: Wednesday 165 September 2020, at noon.

The Journalism Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is aimed at journalists with suitable experience from around the world whose professional work would be enhanced by a period of reflection, research and intellectual exchange with other journalists in Oxford. The Fellowship Programme has run for over 35 years and has a network of over 500 alumni from 93 countries.

RISJ Application Form 2019

Applications should be made in English and submitted to the Fritt Ord Foundation by e-mail to:

The Fritt Ord Journalism Fellow will spend two terms (from mid-January to mid-July) in Oxford based at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, where they join a diverse group of journalists from other parts of the world. The fellows attend regular seminars each week and occasional special lectures relating to journalism, and they are encouraged to attend other academic and social events at Oxford University. During their stay in the UK arrangements are also made for the fellows to visit several major media organisations such as Thomson Reuters and the BBC.

In addition, the fellows undertake a study project on a topic of their choice, leading to the completion of a 6,000-8,000 word paper at the end of their stay. Each fellow is assigned an academic advisor, usually an Oxford academic specialising in the Fritt Ord Journalism Fellow’s chosen area, for the purpose of this project. To be considered, applicants are asked to submit a proposal which gives details of the proposed research topic related to media of a country. There is a minimum requirement of 5 years’ professional journalistic experience, but exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement may be considered. In order to take full advantage of the excellent facilities of the Institute and of Oxford University, evidence of a good working knowledge of spoken and written English is also required. All Institute and University/College fees will be paid by the Fellowship, and the fellows will also receive their travel costs and a modest stipend to cover housing and living expenses directly from the Fritt Ord Foundation.

For questions, please contact Hanne Vorland at

For additional information, please go to: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Previous fellows:

  • 2020: Shazia Majid, journalist at VG
  • 2019: Thea Storøy Elnan, journalist at Aftenposten
  • 2018: Ingerid Salvesen, freelance journalist
  • 2017: Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth, foreign affairs journalist at Dagsavisen
  • 2016: Sidsel Dalen, freelance journalist and author
  • 2015: Mah-Rukh Ali, former news anchor at TV2
  • 2014: Mikal Hverven Hem and Knut Erik Holm. Hem is a freelance journalist and author, Holm was head of the forreign affairs desk at NRK.